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Eyelid twitching: what's behind this?
Eyelid twitching: what's behind this?

We all know it: As if out of nowhere, our eyelids start twitching wildly every now and then. But what is the cause of the twitching? And what helps with eyelid twitching?

Eye twitching: what does it mean when our eyelid twitches?
Eye twitching: what does it mean when our eyelid twitches?

We all probably know the annoying fluttering eyes that overtake us again and again as if out of nowhere. In technical jargon it is called fasciculation - so we really do not form and the eyelid twitch. And what sounds almost poetically beautiful when written out there can drive you crazy: Fasciculation hinders the view and the concentration anyway. If you look in the mirror with a twitching eye, you notice that the fluttering is hardly visible from the outside.

As I said: To get mad - and to fear. In connection with eyelid twitching, Google spits out big words like brain tumor, depression and facial paralysis, which only increases the flutter when reading, if at all. But the causes are usually much more harmless, I promise!

Eyelid twitching: these are the most common causes


Stress! The main factor behind so many little ailments we struggle with every day. But what does stress have to do with the eyelid twitching? In times of stress, the body uses hormones to provide energy so that we can react quickly. Fast reaction means that the muscles are alert - this also applies to the small eyelid muscle. Because the eye area is sensitive and the skin there is quite thin, we notice the twitches in the lid so clearly - even if they occur (unnoticed) in other places as well. What can you do about it? Relax. Easily said, sure, but for stressed eyes there are even yoga exercises that we have already compiled for you.


The tiresome screen work: Staring tense at the screen lets the eyelid muscles get under great tension. When overloaded, it can start to twitch. What helps?

  • Use glasses or contact lenses
  • Take screen breaks
  • relax the view
  • a little massage with your fingers


Magnesium deficiency: We know it from leg cramps - magnesium deficiency affects nerve cells and neuromuscular synapses. You are then more easily excitable, which in turn can lead to the uncontrolled twitching. A magnesium deficiency can be avoided, for example, by relying more on whole grains and nuts. Red meat - and yes liver - also counteracts a deficiency. The pill can also be the cause of a deficit. Personal recommendation of the editor: herbal blood. And 20 milliliters of the elixir every day!


High blood pressure: Fluttering eyes can also be an unfortunate consequence of high blood pressure, which causes the arteries in the body to widen. Why? Because the widening of the arteries reduces the distance between the pulsating arteries and nerves and they may come into contact with one another. The nerve then sends impulses to the muscle, but these are completely nonsensical.

Eye flutter is usually not a cause for concern. Even lack of sleep and a Excess of caffeine can be to blame for the uncontrolled muscle twitching, for example. Only if the twitching is permanent or particularly pronounced is it advisable to see a doctor, who can initiate the necessary treatment steps if necessary.

What helps with eyelid twitching?

But what can you do about the eyelid twitching yourself? Since it usually passes quickly on its own, in an acute case it really helps to endure the vibration. Close your eyes, relax, and try not to get too irritated by the twitching. If the eye is quite dry, eye drops can also help!

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